Thursday, January 8, 2009

Il potere logora chi non ce l'ha

I'm back, and feeling refreshed. I was debating what the New Year's first post should be. I was undecided between a recipe for polpettone or an explanation of Italian punctuation. Both worthy and compelling matters. But I decided in the end to say farewell to President Bush.

If you're feeling exhausted by eight years of W., console yourself by comparing him to sempiternal Italian politician Giulio Andreotti. One of his many pithy sayings was "il potere logora chi non ce l'ha," or, power wears down those who don't have it. This is the only possible explanation for George's mystifying light-heartedness. He's worn us down. But I foresee a great surge in the national, international, and personal energy level come the 20th.